May 2018

Greetings to the Holy People of God,

My son recommended a Youtube interview with Jordan Peterson and now I am hooked on his series, “The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories starting with Genesis, the creation and up to Joseph’s brilliant coat which adds up to fifteen 2 hour lectures with 30 minutes of Q & A.  Each month a new lecture is added.  Peterson continues to do this because he is interested in the topic and so is the audience with a huge Youtube following. It is also an experiment with making education more accessible to more people using technology.

When I started watching, I looked at the comments to get a quick review before I invested my time.  I was surprised by the overwhelming positive comments as well as people saying that their lives had been changed for the better. I continued to watch because I was curious about his take on the bible. It’s been fun to listen to and has brought new life to familiar stories.  He offers a fresh and hopeful perspective.  I enjoy watching his own witness as it unfolds as he weaves together his own discipline of Psychology with the Biblical stories.

I am reminded of the power of God’s word again from a person I would never have expected. I am reminded that God is relentless in his attachment to the world and will work with whoever is willing.  I want to be a part of that work. What experiments are we willing to try as we tell our story of Jesus’ love for us and how we have interwoven these stories into the very fabric of our lives?  Sometimes I find that knowing the story so well can become a stumbling block to being open to what God is wanting to do in partnership with us.  How do we explain something that we know by heart, that we have lived with so long to someone who doesn’t know or has struggled with God?  We keep telling our story and how we walk with God on this wonderful, complicated and complex journey through life and we trust God.

Our mission, our vision is to be engaged in the kingdom work God is calling us to do.  We are disciples.  We keep learning from God’s word as it unfolds before us and becomes the very fabric of our lives.  And we trust God and the mysterious ways in which God calls us to use our own talents and gifts to witness in this world that God loves us and we love God.

We have our work cut out for us.  And I give thanks to God that I get to do this work with you.  You are a faithful flock that trusts the Good Shepherd.

Believing It Boldly Loving Everyday,

Pastor Connie Spitzack